Nitesh Tiwari

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Nitesh Tiwari
The Director Nitesh Tiwari of the film DANGAL at the Master Class, during the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa on November 23, 2017.jpg
Born (1972-05-22) 22 May 1972 (age 50)
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology Bombay, 1996
Occupation(s)Director, Producer, Writer
Years active2011–present
Notable workDangal
SpouseAshwiny Iyer

Nitesh Tiwari is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and lyricist known for his works in Bollywood.[1][2] He debuted as a co-director in Chillar Party (2011) which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film.[1] He also directed the supernatural political drama Bhoothnath Returns (2014).[3][4]

Tiwari scripted and directed the highest-grossing Indian film, Dangal (2016), which was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival and the second BRICS festival in 2017.[5] The film is the highest-grossing Indian film and the fifth highest grossing non-English film, earning over 2,000 crore (US$250 million) including 1,200 crore in China,[6][7] where it has emerged as one of the top 20 highest-grossers of all time.[8] Tiwari won the Filmfare Award for Best Director at the 62nd Filmfare Awards and the Telstra People's Choice Award at the 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.[9][10] He followed up with the critically acclaimed comedy-drama film Chhichhore (2019).[11]

He has also co-founded Earthsky Pictures, producing ad films and the docu-series Break Point based on Indian tennis legends Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes.

Early life[edit]

Tiwari was born in Madhya Pradesh to B. D. Tiwari.[citation needed] He has a brother and a sister. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Metallurgy and Material Science engineering.[12] He worked as a creative director at Leo Burnett before entering Bollywood.[13] Tiwari grew up in the small town of Ganj Basoda, attending Bharat Mata Convent School until class 8th. He performed in a school play titled "Tapori-Mughal-e-Azam".

Personal life[edit]

Tiwari is married to Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, a former colleague and creative director at Leo Burnett who is also a film director, producer, and writer. He is a father to twins, a boy and a girl.[14][15]

Public image[edit]

Tiwari has also appreciated the work of other directors and found the Tamil film Varisu to be heart-warming.[16]


Year Film Director Producer Dialogue Screenplay Story Notes
2011 Chillar Party Yes No No No Yes National Film Award for Best Children's Film
National Film Award for Best Screenplay
2014 Bhoothnath Returns Yes No Yes Yes Yes
2014 Kill Dil No No Yes Yes Yes
2016 Nil Battey Sannata No No Yes Yes Yes
2016 Dangal Yes No Yes Yes Yes Telstra People's Choice Award
Filmfare Award for Best Director
2017 Bareilly Ki Barfi No No Yes Yes Yes
2019 Chhichhore Yes No Yes Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
2020 Ghar Ki Murgi Yes Yes
2021 Ankahi Kahaniya No No Yes Yes Yes
2020 Special Ops No No Yes Yes Yes Web series on Hotstar
2021 Break Point Yes Yes No No Yes
2022 Tarla Yes Filming[17]
2022 Bas Karo Aunty Yes Yes Yes Yes Filming[18]
2023 Bawaal Yes Yes Yes Yes Filming[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2011 National Film Award for Best Children's Film Chillar Party Won
National Film Award for Best Screenplay Won
2015 Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue Bhoothnath Returns Nominated
2017 Filmfare Award for Best Director Dangal Won
2018 Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated
2020 Chhichhore Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Story Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Director Nominated
IIFA Award for Best Story Nominated
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi Won


  1. ^ a b "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011 Announced". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Vidya Balan wins National Award for 'The Dirty Picture'". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013.
  3. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. "Featured Movie News - Featured Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama.
  4. ^ "Bhoothnath Returns Fails To Make An Impact". Box Office India Trade Network. Box Office India. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  5. ^ Aneja, Atul (25 June 2017). "China's 'Dangal' mega-success echoes at second BRICS film festival". The Hindu – via
  6. ^ "Aamir Khan's Rs 3,000 crore dream". Deccan Chronicle. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Dangal Update - Worldwide And All Formats - Box Office India".
  8. ^ 内地总票房排名 [Mainland total box office ranking] (in Simplified Chinese). Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  9. ^ Goswami, Parismita (12 August 2017). "IFFM 2017: Aishwarya Rai looks gorgeous; Sushant Singh wins Best Actor award [PHOTOS]". International Business Times, India Edition.
  10. ^ "My next a departure from children's films: Nitesh Tiwari". IANS - Yahoo. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Winners of the 62nd Filmfare Awards 2017 -".
  12. ^ "Mr. Nitesh Tiwari". Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari's next film with Sajid Nadiadwala". 20 February 2017.
  14. ^ ""This Is The First Time In My Career That Aamir Khan Has Said Yes To A Film After The First Narration" – Nitesh Tiwari". Man's World. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari: Director With A Purpose". Forbes India. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  16. ^ P, Ram (19 January 2023). "Tiwari felt Hindi film Varisu heart touching". Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  17. ^ "Huma Qureshi transforms into home chef Tarla Dalal, see first photo". The Indian Express. 20 April 2022. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  18. ^ "Ishwak Singh-Mahima Makwana to star in Bas Karo Aunty: 'Our film captures the mood and zeitgeist of the nation'". The Indian Express. 31 May 2022. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  19. ^ "Sajid Nadiadwala's Bawaal starring Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor goes on floors". Bollywood Hungama. 10 April 2022. Retrieved 11 April 2022.

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